BSC GLASGOW pick up one against Preston
BSC Glasgow 0-0 Preston Athletic
January 24, 2015
Pennypit Park, Scottish Sun Lowland League
BSC could only bring one point home on Saturday, after an away trip saw them play out a goalless draw against Preston Athletic, with an excellent penalty save by Ian Stewart proving to be the highlight of the game. The ground staff at Pennypit Park did an excellent job, as the park stood strong in what was Preston’s first home match since November.
BSC came started out strong, looking for the important early goal to push the tie in their favour. Striker Gary Graham, fresh from his opener at Spartans last week, carved out two chances in the first 10 minutes, but saw both fall to the Preston goalkeeper.
Despite the strong start by the visitors, the first half proved uneventful as neither side could break the deadlock. Kris Gebbie looked to help going forward, creating two shooting opportunities which both went wide before finding himself in the referee’s book after a late challenge.
The pitch was beginning to roughen up after a pugnacious first period , forcing both teams to adapt their game plan for the second half. Tony Wallace was temporarily forced off to receive treatment for a head wound, before hitting a shot just high after an excellent run by Kieran O’Hear.
The winger was replaced by Gerry O’Connell seconds after, who looked to use his pace against the tiring Preston defence. As the match wore one, both sides looked to their bench to provide that crucial first goal. Preston brought on a trialist replacing Jack McIntyre, while Graham was brought off for Gerry O’Donnell.
With 15 minutes left to play, the game sprung into life. A long, searching ball forward found the Preston striker, who narrowly beat keeper Stewart before being brought down. The referee pointed to the spot and booked the BSC goalkeeper. The shot-stopper made his amends, saving low to his left, with Stephen Bronsky cleaning up the rebound.
Preston somehow conspired not to score from that following corner as centre back Jack Bruce saw his header cannon off the bar. Stewart came up big again, making an excellent save from the rebound, before, to the disbelief of the Preston supporters, BSC managed to scramble the ball off the line after another attempt on goal.
The home side were left ruing their luck, as another rising header cannoned off the BSC bar, which was still shaking from the first attempt.
Preston’s intentions were clear, as BSC was jolted to life. Ciaran Johnston, who had replaced Jordan McKechnie, found himself inches away from taking the ball past the keeper, but the Preston shot-stopper did well to beat him to the ball.
O’Donnell found himself with the last opportunity of the game, but saw his low shot which seemed destined to hit the back of the net, brilliantly blocked before the referee blew the final whistle.
After the riveting finale, manager King commented -
“There were difficult conditions, and I don’t think that suits the way we play… It’s frustrating not to get the three points, but in the end Iain (Stewart) made a big difference by saving the penalty.”
Kingy continued in his praise for his goalkeeper –
“To be honest, the minute their player stood up to take it, I had full confidence that Iain would save it. He’s a great penalty stopper and he’s proved that today… That with his two shutouts, well done to him!”
The away days don’t stop for Glasgow, who will travel to Forthbank to take on the students at Stirling University this Saturday. A win would take Broomhill up to 7th in the Lowland League, coming level on points with their opponents.